On Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., Cinema Art Bethesda will present the Israeli film, Shoelaces. The film is 90 minutes long and in Hebrew with English subtitles. It was released in 2018 and won several awards.
“Shoelaces” tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben’s (60) kidney’s are failing and his son Gadi (35), wants to donate one of his own kidney’s to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well. He feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. He’s furious with the committee’s decision and sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Through the film’s portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, it manages to shed some light and question the importance of human life, human connection and if life is even possible without it either one of them.
(Text copied directly from the Official Site.)
- Shoelaces (listed as Laces), IMDB
- Shoelaces, official Site
- ‘Shoelaces’ A Moving Israeli Film about a Father and His Special-Needs Son (Michael McKinney of FanBolt)
Theater doors open at 9:30 a.m., films start promptly at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online* or at the door for $15. Come early for bagels and coffee, stay after the film for a discussion.
*After selecting the link to purchase tickets online, select “10:00” to purchase your tickets. Please note that Landmark Theater charges a $1.75 fee for online tickets.